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Developing a product thinking mindset

Developing a product thinking mindset

The concept of product thinking has had a lot of hype as the solution that will save news journalism, yet its definition is nebulous as it incorporates ideas from many different sources and disciplines. In a series of virtual workshops tech journalist and entrepreneur...

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Good writing is simple writing

Good writing is simple writing

  Early-career writers often make the mistake of thinking they need to impress their readers with poetic eloquence and linguistic gymnastics. The truth is that readers – particularly in the short-attention-span digital space - want information quickly and...

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The Power of Product Thinking in newsrooms

The Power of Product Thinking in newsrooms

The product thinking concept is a revolutionary new approach in dynamic modern newsrooms shifting the focus from content-centric to being more user-centric. The paradigm shift to user-centricity has helped newsrooms build better products for their audiences. SAMIP...

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How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

@TwitterSpaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter. Twitter rolled out its Clubhouse competitor in 2020 and expanded the social audio feature to a large portion of its users throughout 2021. Very similar to Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces allows live...

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Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

A few global news brands have made good use of Telegram as a publishing channel. Is there an opportunity for South African publishers to do the same? A number of South African publishers have made innovative use of WhatsApp as a publishing channel: As we previously...

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Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

In a SAMIP dialogue, leading independent news media shared tactics to generate reader revenue for digital newsrooms. JAMLAB's Tshepo Tshabalala wrote up some of the key insights The business of news publishing has become a challenge now more than ever. Media...

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Update | Solving media and societal issues, one conference at a time

Considering the Future of Journalism Education across the region In mid-November regional SAMIP participants Namibia Media Trust and CITE partnered with MISA Malawi and DW Akademie to host a 3-day hybrid conference on Journalism Education in Southern Africa. Themed...

Update | We bring news of elections, media gatherings, journalism awards and more

M&G and Newsday collaborate for Lesotho election reporting Lesotho weekly newspaper Newsday raised its game to cover the country's national elections held on 7 October. Alongside live social media polling updates the Newsday editorial team collaborated with a Mail...

Update | We bring news of global awards, new newsletters, interviews and articles worth reading

Daily Maverick win two Global Digital Media Awards After winning the regional awards, Daily Maverick has gone on to win in two categories at WAN-IFRA's 2022 Digital Media Awards Worldwide, scooping Best Newsletter for First Thing by John Stupart and Best Reader...

Update | We bring news of events, fellowships, training and more…

Marikana documentary offer M&G Productions recently presented its first documentary: Markana: South Africa’s Dark Heart, exploring the massacre at the ‘koppie’ ten years ago and the questions remaining about that fateful day. To mark the occasion Mail &...

Update | We celebrate awards, nominations, new products and more…

Lots of prizes and new products - here is the latest on what SAMIP participants are up to: Recognition and awards Daily Maverick and Food for Mzansi were recently announced as winners in the prestigious WAN-IFRA African Digital Media Awards that recognises news...

Update | Viewfinder joins GIJN, SMWX collaborates with M&G, The Daily Vox and Namibia Media Trust engage with the youth on journalism and more…

 Viewfinder selected for global investigative journalism network Journalism start-up Viewfinder was recently welcomed into the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). They were selected from 46 applicants by the GIJN Board of Directors, expanding the global...

Update | World Press Freedom Day: Journalism under Digital Siege

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. Every year, a specific theme is chosen for World Press Day, and this year’s theme is “Journalism under digital siege”. This year’s theme not only highlights the ways that endanger...

Update | Media Hack Collective to host in-person training and publishes report on Covid-19 in SA, Explain on power outages in SA and keeping the KZN relief funds corruption-free, and more.

We are bringing you the latest from the SAMIP cohort, here are some updates on what our participants have been getting up to.   Media Hack Collective to host in-person training and publishes report on Covid-19 in SA Data journalism start-up Media Hack Collective...

Update | gsport covers women’s cricket world cup, 263Chat introduces new podcast, Radio Workshop releases podcast on vaccine hesitancy, and more

SAMIP brings you some updates on what the cohort has been up to, here’s the latest from the South Africa Media Innovation Program. gsport covers women’s cricket world cup Women’s sports news outlet, gsport concluded International Women’s month on a high with a...

Update | Quote This Women+ International Women’s Day fundraiser, Food for Mzansi kicks-off AgriCareers roadshow, Viewfinder Carte Blanche exposé, and more

SAMIP participants have been working around the clock, here are some updates from in and around the cohort.   Quote This Women+ International Women's Day Campaign and fundraiser  In light of International Women’s Month and Quote This Woman’s third birthday, the...